The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) actively supports conservation, awareness and scientific programs that enhance the survival of elephants and protects their habitat worldwide.

The African Forest, African Savannah and Asian elephant are all endangered species. About 20% of the world’s human population lives in Asian elephant habitat resulting in habitat loss and human elephant conflict. Africa has the highest human population growth rate per annum. The increasing human population worldwide requires more food to be grown which in turn results in elephant habitat being turned into cropland causing more frequent human elephant conflict where both elephants and humans are at risk of injury and death.

IEF fulfills its mission through our grants-in-aid to institutions, organizations and individuals engaged or to be engaged in the field of elephant conservation, research, health, management, education and improvements in husbandry of elephants in human care. IEF-supported projects protect elephants from poaching, seek solutions for human-elephant conflict, equip and train community conservationists, increase our knowledge of the treatment and prevention of disease, and educate people.

IEF hosts conservationists and researchers from around the world to share their conservation and research outcomes at our world-renowned symposia. Presentations range from new technologies in field conservation and conflict mitigation to studies in disease and behavior providing researchers from around the world opportunities to make connections with their peers.

IEF also funds and produces publications for the improved management and welfare for elephants in human care.